Kate Browning
McGill-Toolen Class of 2001

Kate feels very fortunate to have been able to attend Catholic schools from kindergarten all the way to law school. She graduated from St. Pius in 1997 and was in the McGill-Toolen Class of 2001. She went on to graduate from Spring Hill College and Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. Kate currently works in Mobile for her father’s law firm, Richard E. Browning, P.C. They specialize in the areas of Worker’s Compensation, Social Security Disability, Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation and Personal Injury.

Kate says, “I think what I loved most about McGill was the concept of helping students to grow and better themselves in mind, body and spirit. McGill-Toolen Catholic is a true community, and there is a niche for everyone.” Kate found her niche by participating in clubs such as the Student Ambassador's Club, Pro-Life Club and Key Club and playing on the girls' tennis team all four years. She enjoyed being challenged in AP and Honors classes. Kate says she loved the fact that she attended a high school that not only had exciting football games and entertaining plays, but a place where she had the opportunity to attend Mass in the school gym and begin each class with a prayer.

“While at McGill-Toolen Catholic, I was surrounded by students who became some of my closest friends and still are to this day.”, Kate said. As an alumnus, she thoroughly enjoys attending events such as football games and the Jacket Jubilation. She is really looking forward to her ten-year reunion this summer, as well! Kate said, “I cannot believe it has already been a decade since graduation, but I will be eternally grateful for the preparation I received at McGill- Toolen Catholic and look forward to being an active alumnus for many years to come.


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Scientia Pro Amore Dei
Knowledge for the Love of God

Capital Campaign Pledge Form

Scientia Pro Amore Dei is the campaign that will enable McGill-Toolen Catholic High School to attain its newest level of excellence. Our vision is to offer the highest quality education, especially in science and technology, complemented by a curriculum that establishes an active dialogue with the moral concepts implicit in the Catholic faith. Our vision extends beyond the education we offer. In this competitive age, we must not only be the best, we must look our best. The new look of our campus, new facilities, and new programs funded by Scientia Pro Amore Dei will make our vision a reality.

Campaign Goal: $15,000,000

For more Information, contact Kathy Killion at (251) 445-2939.

A Fundraising Campaign for Phase II

Scientia pro Amore Dei… Knowledge for the Love of God is the campaign to raise monies necessary to implement the second phase of a two-part plan recommended by the McGill-Toolen School Board to bring McGill-Toolen Catholic High School to a new level of excellence. Phase I, completed in summer 2004, provided for cosmetic changes to the McGill building entryways, classrooms, and gymnasium, and initial installation of the ornamental fencing that will ultimately enclose all McGill-Toolen campus and parking areas. Phase I was funded by a $500,000 grant from the Archdiocese of Mobile. Fundraising for Phase II began in summer 2005.

Phase II is an exciting, comprehensive plan that includes the facilities, technology, and development programs that McGill-Toolen needs to insure that its students receive a well-rounded education characterized by excellence in all areas. The greatest focus of Phase II is the commitment to a new level of science education, science with a faith and morals curriculum, combined with integrated classroom technology and a program designed to provide the highest level of qualified classroom instruction.

Phase II is committed to excellence in science, technology, and faculty development.

Scientia Pro Amore Dei will fund a new Master Center for Science and Technology that will include eight state of the art science labs, housed in their own wing, with appropriate support technologies; new Classroom Technology that integrates McGill-Toolen's wireless capability with a new telecommunications system that transforms every classroom into an information technology suite; and forward funding to advance McGill-Toolen's signature Master Teacher Program, an incentive program that encourages continuing faculty excellence in course design and teaching methods by offering professional certification, recognition, and salary bonus rewards.

Phase II is committed to excellence in student activities and fine arts.

Scientia pro Amore Dei will fund a new Student Center that will provide cafeteria and banquet facilities for students and parents, but that will additionally serve as space for concerts, special programs, dances, and meetings for groups and seminars. Opening onto the entry agora, the Student Center will also feature a separate, private, dining space for more intimate gatherings. The new chapel, also opening onto the agora , will be large enough to accommodate four classes of students for Mass. Scientia pro Amore Dei will also fund a new Band Room and a renovated Chorus Room that will be acoustically designed to accommodate instrument and voice; a Bookstore; a new Faculty Workroom and Lounge; and additional office space.

Phase II is committed to excellence in athletics.

Scientia Pro Amore Dei will fund a new state of the art Athletic Fitness Center that will be available for both team and general student use; four new locker rooms for use by Basketball and Volleyball programs; and a newly rebuilt Front Practice Field that includes new sod, crown, drainage and irrigation systems, and landscaping.

Phase II is committed to excellence in learning environment.

Scientia Pro Amore Dei will fund an exciting redesign of the campus that will provide for a beautiful and comfortable environment for learning, teaching, and working. Architectural styling of existing, new and renovated facilities will adapt the Spanish Mission architecture of the Bishop Toolen and St. Mary's Church buildings, giving the campus a unified look better suited to our location in an historic district. The new design places the main entry into the McGill-Toolen campus on Lafayette Street. The front doors will open into an airy, two-storied entry space called the agora , that will lead to the new Student Center on its north side, and the new Chapel on its south side, and to the new bookstore, classrooms, and office space on its east and west sides. Other enhancements include a revamped heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, a new, two tiered, canopied walkway joining the McGill and Toolen buildings, reworked parking areas, new landscaping, new courtyards and walkways, art gallery, Hall of Honor, and completed installation of ornamental fencing throughout the campus. The total cost of Phase II projects is $10,000,000. Funding for all Phase II projects will be raised through the Scientia Pro Amore Dei campaign. Construction of new facilities is scheduled to begin December 2007.
Science Building
The spacious courtyard between the McGill building and the new science building will be used for additional seating for the cafeteria
Science Building
From Catherine Street the New Science Building is very impressive. The beautiful stairwell carries out the theme established by the cupola.


Kim Dunne
Director of Advancement
(251) 445-2910

Marian Watts
Alumni Director
(251) 445-2913

Kathy Killion
Foundation Director
(251) 445-2939

Paul Knapstein
Director of Enrollment
(251) 445-2934

Office Manager
(251) 445-2912

Mary Kay Rasp
(251) 445-2911